A move to open up parts of the Atlantic to oil and gas activity by the Trump administration went against regional interests, a letter shows. The U.S. Interior Department said it would reassess permits denied to six companies looking to conduct seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean. Usually seen as a precursor to oil and gas drilling, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said it could advance other technologies as well. “Seismic surveying helps a variety of federal and state partners better understand our nation’s offshore areas, including locating offshore hazards, siting of wind turbines, as well as offshore energy development,” he said in a statement . The Interior Department said seismic data for parts of the Atlantic […]